Acadia
National Park Maine

Ranger Programs

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Most ranger programs are scheduled early or late in the day to avoid mid-day congestion, and to maximize parking availability. Some programs allow you to "drop-in" for short interactions with a ranger as you travel through the busiest areas of the park. Ranger-guided bicycle tours and boat cruises require reservations and an additional fee because all equipment is provided by local businesses.

See also Ranger-Guided Bicycle Tours & Boat Cruises

Daytime Programs

Evening Programs

Family Programs

Schoodic Programs


 

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Daytime Programs

Please check online calendar listings for specific program dates and times.

• Acadia’s Birds

2.5 hours, Location given with reservation
Free, required reservations open three days in advance.
Bring binoculars and join a ranger to find, identify, and discuss some of Acadia’s most fascinating birds on this easy walk for intermediate and advanced birders. No dogs. Not recommended for young children.

• Fire Tower Open House

Tower open for 2.0 hours, Beech Mountain Fire Tower. Begin from the parking lot at the end of Beech Hill Road, hike 0.4 mi to fire tower.
Drop by to enjoy the view from Beech Mountain Fire Tower and meet park staff to learn about the island’s fire history. Come anytime during the two-hour period. Plan for a 0.4-mile (0.64 km), 20-minute moderate hike on your own to get to the tower.

• Green Kingdom

1.5 hours location given with reservation
Free, required reservations open three days in advance.
Join a ranger on this easy 1.5 mile (2.4 km) walk to investigate the variety of communities that call Acadia’s diverse landscape home.

• Hawk Watch

Staffed for 3 hours, Cadillac North Ridge Trail, 200 yards from the summit parking lot
Weather conditions permitting. Drop by anytime during program hours to learn about raptor migration and identification. Bring binoculars and a field guide, if you have them. Wear warm clothes

• Missing Mansion

1.5 hours, Compass Harbor parking area, 1 mile (1.6 km) south of Bar Harbor on Rt. 3. Look for orange cones.
Explore the site of George Dorr’s former mansion on this easy 1 mile (1.6km) walk. Learn about the man who helped create our national park.

• Mr Rockefeller’s Bridges

2.5 hours, Parkman Mountain parking area
Join a ranger on an easy-moderate 1.5-mile (2.4 km) round-trip hike along forested carriage roads to see spectacular bridges and hear the stories behind John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s gift to Acadia.

• Ocean Path Walk

2 hours, parking lot after Gorham Mountain, look for orange cones
Learn about unique aspects of this island park while walking along a scenic 2 mile (3.2 km) moderate section of Acadia’s rocky shoreline.

• Peregrine Falcon Watch

Staffed for 3 hours, Precipice Trail parking area (Note: The Precipice Trail is closed to hiking during the peregrine nesting season.)
Drop by anytime during program hours to observe a peregrine falcon nest on the cliffs of Champlain Mountain through viewing scopes, weather permitting.

• Photo Walk

2.5 hours, Location given with reservation
Free, required reservations open three days in advance.
Bring your camera and learn valuable tips and techniques to capture Acadia’s beauty.

 

Evening Programs

Please check online calendar listings for specific program dates and times.

• Blackwoods Campground Evening Program

1.0 hours, Blackwoods Campground Amphitheater
All are welcome. Parking area near amphitheater to accommodate non–campers. Check local postings for topics. Wheelchair accessible. Bring a flashlight, and dress for the weather.

• Dusk Walk

2.0 hours, time varies with sunset, confirmed at reservation. Location given with reservation.
Free, required reservations open three days in advance.
Learn the ways humans and wildlife share natural resources on this easy evening stroll. Ages 8+.

• Evening Hike

3 hours, Location TBD
Free, required reservations open three days in advance.
Before enjoying a beautiful sunset, hike through lichen-draped forests and steep, rocky outcrops as you discover how Acadia’s landscape has changed over time. Moderate to strenuous, 2.5-mile (4 km). Bring water, layers, sturdy shoes, and flashlight.

• In Search of Beavers

1.5 hours, time varies, confirmed at reservation. Location given with reservation.
Free, required reservations open three days in advance.
Come enjoy a chance to view beaver in Acadia National Park while discussing this creatures unique story on Mount Desert Island and what the future holds for this species.

• Seawall Campground Evening Program

1.0 hour, Seawall Campground Amphitheater
Join a ranger for an amphitheater program about Acadia. Check local postings for topics. Wheelchair accessible. Bring a flashlight, and dress for the weather. All are welcome.

• Stars over Sand Beach

1.0 hour, Sand Beach
Sit back and learn about Acadia’s night sky. Dress warmly, bring something to lie on, and please minimize flashlight use to preserve night vision

 

Family Programs

Please check online calendar listings for specific program dates and times.

• All About Bats

1.0 hour, Fabbri Picnic Area
Come learn about what makes these nocturnal neighbors so fascinating. We will discuss current threats and research related to bats at Acadia. Great for the whole family!

• Carroll Homestead Open House & Junior Ranger Station

3.5 hours, Carroll Homestead
Visit anytime during program hours to explore an 1800s farm homestead, hear family stories, and play pioneer games suitable for all ages. This cultural history program also serves as a Junior Ranger Station, where kids can complete their Junior Ranger book and take the oath to get their badge. Wheelchair accessible.

• Junior Ranger Station, Sieur de Monts

3 hours. Sieur de Monts Nature Center
Stop by during program hours for fun activities and to complete your Junior Ranger book. Then take the Junior Ranger oath to get your badge. Wheelchair accessible.

• Super Sand Sleuths

1.0 hour, Sand Beach
Become a detective! Use magnifiers, nets and shovels to discover this amazing beach. Most appropriate for ages 4-10. Parents must accompany children during the program.

• Touch Tank Talk

0.5 hour, Dorr Museum of Natural History, College of the Atlantic. Use the Island Explorer bus to access this program; no parking available on campus. To get to the Dorr Museum by Island Explorer, visitors will need to get off at the Bar Harbor Motel, cross Eden Street at the new crosswalk, and walk 1/4-mile to the museum.
Get up close and personal with intertidal creatures, and learn how to safely explore along Acadia’s rocky shorelines. Wheelchair accessible.

• Wild Things

1.0 hour, Sieur de Monts Nature Center
Run, jump and investigate to discover some of Acadia’s amazing animal adaptations. Most appropriate for ages 4-10.

 

Schoodic District Programs

Please check online calendar listings for specific program dates and times.

• Junior Ranger Station, Schoodic

Schoodic Woods Campground Amphitheater
Join a ranger for a fun and interactive hour geared towards children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

• Marine Touch Tank

0.5 hour, Dorr Hall, Schoodic Education and Research Center

Meet some marine creatures and learn about their adaptations to constantly changing conditions between the tides

• Schoodic Woods Evening Program

1.0 hour, Schoodic Woods Campground Amphitheater
See postings at campground for program title listings, topics vary

Last updated: July 17, 2019

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 177
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

Phone:

(207) 288-3338

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